Trips and Itineraries for Sumatra
The Apes and the Humans of Sumatra
Enough with Bali. There are 18,000 other islands in Indonesia and they are equally gorgeous!
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Universal Studios Singapore
I was eagerly waiting for the third day of my trip as I had planned to visit Universal Studios today. I hadn’t booked the ticket online so I made sure I reach there by 10 am (it opens at 10) and bought the ticket (76 SGD). Do not carry heavy backpacks/purses etc. as there is lot of walking to be done till 6 PM (the closing time) and you will be dead tired. Make sure you are wearing comfortable clothes and shoes. The park consists of seven themed zones which is either based on a movie or a television show, featuring own unique attractions, character appearances, dining and shopping areas.Hollywood is the entrance area and you will be floored. Moving on I found two ways (right and left) I started with left and entered the Madgascar zone. They have a photograph zone with zoo animals in background so I skipped it but at closing time it was free so I jumped in and got myself clicked. Everyone can try their two themed rides i.e. water boat ride (you can skip this) and merry go round ride. I was lucky enough to see the penguin and tiger characters. Be prepared to stand in a queue to get yourself clicked with them. I then moved towards the Far Far Away zone. I patiently waited for the crowd to disperse to get myself clicked in front of the castle. Their 3 D Shrek show is must. The roller coaster had a big queue so I skipped and saw Donkey Live performance. I then queued up for Puss in Boots-themed roller coaster (Try occupying front facing seats). People with kids were also queuing up for a roller coast meant for kids. I then moved on to The Lost World zone. You will be greeted with big size dinosaurs with fountains and a big gate named Jurassic Park. I started with Canopy Flyer (another roller coaster) which is a must moving on to Rapids Adventure (another must ride). There is generally huge crowd and they don’t allow anything on the ride so you have to deposit all your stuff in a locker (on 1hour/2 hour basis ranging from 5SGD). (Tip: If you are fine, always take single rider queue and you will find yourself done with the rides in half of the time). You will definitely not need raincoats for Rapids Adventure ride so please don’t buy. I then moved to the Ancient Egypt zone. The entrance had king size statues depicting ancient Egypt. I started with their roller coaster dark ride (Revenge of the Mummy). You will have to take lockers (paid) if you have bags etc. Mobile phones are allowed. I then went on to their theme based car ride (Treasure Hunters you can skip this). I then entered their Sci-Fi City. It had transformers figures and modern cars. If you have the courage do, try the world's tallest pair of dueling roller coasters. I simply couldn’t. It looked too scary. I tried their 4-D Dark Ride Motion Simulator which was highly entertaining (do not miss it at any cost). The last zone was New York City zone. There was a street performance going on and it was pleasure to watch. They had selected volunteers from the crowd to dance with them. The last attraction I went was a stage show named Lights! Camera! Action! Hosted by Steven Spielberg (definitely a must).
Gardens By The Bay
On my last day I visited Gardens by the bay. The Garden is free to enter. Flower Dome and Cloud Forest was enthralling. Amazing architecture & presentation of the ecosystem. Scale of the place is mind blowing. You should definitely buy tickets for both and explore Its worth the time, energy and money. I didn’t buy tickets for OCBC Skyway though. Even though they have paid shuttle service to take you around, I suggest to explore it on foot.
Weekend Getaways from Sumatra
59 Kms from Sumatra
This quiet former metropolis was our gateway to Sumatra. The city was wrecked in 2009 Sumatra earthquakes, but there is an airport, and a beach, pleasant people and basic accommodation. In search of a vegan breakfast, discovered Gado Gado, an Indonesian snack.
MAY: Slide to the west part of Sumatera Island Tanah Datar Tanah Datar county in Minang region of West Sumatera province have Cow’s race named Pacu Jawi (Pacu = race, Jawi= Cow) to celebrate harvest season. This culture tradition still less popular than its cousin Karapan Sapi from Madura island of East Java. The different is Pacu Jawi use a pair of Cows and done in muddy wet land, compared with dusty land in Madura. They jockey must maintain both cow run in a straight line with faster time. Not easy.
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